Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Prepping for Anti-RTW IP

Missourians for Worker Freedom was formed.  It’s a campaign committee to oppose the possible initiative petitions filed by Mike Louis, head of the Missouri AFL-CIO, to keep Missouri from becoming a right to work state.

The treasurer for Worker Freedom is James C Thomas III, a Republican attorney with ties to strong-man Jeff Roe.  Thomas is also on the board of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom.


Lawrence to Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance?

In the lobbyists’ registrations Blake Lawrence added Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance.  The mission of the Alliance is to provide “a united consumer voice for quality affordable healthcare choices in Missouri.”

Lawrence has been a staffer to Sen. Jamilah Nasheed.


Barnes’ Family Leave Bill

Rep. Jay Barnes pre-filed HB325 which looks to be a likely vehicle for the family leave legislation that Speaker Todd Richardson has signaled is a priority.  Barnes’ bill less expansive than Sen. Jill Schupp’s.  His only applies to state employees and grant two weeks leave.  Schupp’s is six weeks.


Nonnemaker to Onder

Sen. Bob Onder sent out a pre-Christmas press release announcing that Ryan Nonnemaker would be joining his staff.  Nonnemaker takes the place of Jennae Neustadt, who’s joining the Greitens administration.

Onder’s press release notes that Nonnemaker was chief of staff for Jason Crowell during those sessions when Crowell often used the Senate rules to bring tie the chamber up in knots.  It’d be a good hire even if it were only to keep Nonnemaker’s knowledge out of the hands of a Sen. Rob Schaaf or future Sen. Nick Marshall


Arnzen to Haahr

The press release: State Rep. Elijah Haahr, the Republican nominee for Speaker Pro Tem, has hired Phillip Arnzen to serve as his Chief of Staff for the upcoming legislative session… [Arnzen] served as Campaign Manager for the Rick Stream for State Senate Campaign during the 2016 election cycle. He worked in the Missouri Legislature as Legislative Assistant for

Representative Craig Redmon and, most recently, was employed by Missourians for Fair Taxation as their Eastern Missouri Regional Director. He is also a former President of the University of Missouri College Republicans and statewide Chairman of the Missouri Federation of College Republicans….


Nominations Sought

Yes, it’s that time of year… while half the world is off-work/out-of-office/on-vacation… this week will be smaller shorter Updates and will include the end-of-year MOScout Reader polls….

Thursday will be the Lobbyists Poll.  I’m looking for nominations for the categories of: Lobbying Firm on the Ascent; Most Underrated Lobbyist (Contract); Most Underrated Lobbyist (In-House); Best Lobbyist to QB a Big Issue; Best Lobbyist to Kill a Bill; and Best Team Player Lobbyist.

Friday will be the Legislators Poll.  I’m looking for nominations for: Legislator Who Does Their Homework; Best on the Floor – House; Best on the Floor – Senate; Gets Things Done – Republican; Gets Things Done – Democrat; and Rep-elect to Watch.



According to the Senate website Josh Foster has joined the Majority Caucus staff.


The ethics complaint against Tony Feather and the Republican Attorneys General Association was dismissed.  See it here.


According to LinkedIn, Ross Branson is the ADA Coordinator for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee.


New Tax Credits

$505,582 in Affordable Housing credits to Synergy Services Inc in Senate 34 / House 13.

$303,900 in Affordable Housing credits to Drumm Center for Children in Senate 11 / House 29.

$131,937 in Affordable Housing credits to Council Apartments II in Senate 14 / House 87.

$45,000 in Affordable Housing credits to Peter & Paul Community Services Inc in Senate 5 / House 78.

$29,856 in Affordable Housing credits to The Kitchen Inc in Senate 20 / House 131.

$18,975 in Affordable Housing credits to Family Violence Center Inc DBA Harmony House in Senate 30 / House 134.

$8,113 in Affordable Housing credits to St. Joseph Habitat for Humanity Inc in Senate 34 / House 9.

$7,150 in Affordable Housing credits to Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity in Senate 19 / House 50.

$6,490 in Affordable Housing credits to Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County Inc in Senate 3 / House 116.

$6,245 in Affordable Housing credits to Angel’s Arms in Senate 15 / House 96.

$2,750 in Affordable Housing credits to Habitat for Humanity Cape Area Inc in Senate 27 / House 147.


Help Wanted

The Kansas City Star Media Company seeks Lead Political Reporter.  “This reporter will cover local, state and national political issues, including the behind-the-scenes deal-making that leads to policy, the human impact of legislation, and the elections that shape our priorities. This reporter will work out of Kansas City but maintain a consistent presence in Topeka and Jefferson City. In addition, he or she must build and continually nurture good sourcing in and around our states' delegations in Washington as well as Kansas City area politicos in key national positions. The successful candidate will be adept at reporting on all platforms, offering timely coverage of news as it happens but also taking a step back to give perspective and analysis on the biggest issues. This reporter must be a proven team player…”

See the ad here.


Lobbyists Registrations

Merri Berry added Missouri State AFL-CIO.

Blake Lawrence added Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance.

Rodney Boyd, Katherine Casas, Brian Grace and Kelvin Simmons added Leggett & Platt Incorporated.

John Graham added Greenwich Biosciences Inc.

John McGurk added Uber Technologies Inc., Hardage Hotels I LLC, Linwood Boulevard Development LLC, Aparium Hotel Group, and Opus Development Company LLC.

Roxsen Koch deleted Wise LLC / WillCo Technologies.

David Grote deleted Johnston & Associates Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and CGI Technologies & Solutions Inc.

John Mehner deleted Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and Missouri Economic Development Council.


$5K+ Contributions

House Republican Campaign Committee Inc - $25,000 from Friends of Todd Richardson.

Campaign for Children, Youth, and Families - $15,000 from Greater Kansas City Health Care Foundation.

Civic Progress Action Committee - $13,000 from Emerson Electric Co.

Clean Missouri - $9,020 from Our Missouri.



Happy birthday to Rep. Jay Barnes.